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Brandywine Plein Air


What do you get when you mix the Brandywine Valley’s beautiful scenery with talented artists?  The answer is the Plein Air Brandywine Valley Painting & Photography Competition taking place the week of September 26.

The French phrase “en plein air” means in the open air and is especially associated with painting outside.

For one week artists paint and photograph the most scenic properties of the Brandywine Valley, including private estates, land preserves, and renowned du Pont properties such as Longwood Gardens, Hagley Museum, Winterthur and Mt. Cuba.

This promises to be a highly visible event: Governor Jack Markell of Delaware and his wife are part of the planning committee as are Jamie Wyeth and his wife.

Brandywine artist Frolic Weymouth and Stephen Perloff of Photo Review will judge the works, which will be sold during an opening Gala at Tatnall School on September 30 and then at an art sale open to the public  at Tatnall School October 1-2.

A portion of the proceeds from the sales benefits the Children’s Beach House, a nonprofit organization that helps children with special needs reach their highest potential, and the Chester County Art Association’s ArtReach scholarship programs.

Artists wishing to paint just for a day will be able to purchase day passes for $40 online or in person. Spectators will be allowed at several of the sites to observe and learn from the array of plein air artists: All usual entrance fees to sites like Longwood and Winterthur apply.

For more information visit pleinairbrandywinevalley.org

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